'Plastic Se Raksha - Swachhta Hi Suraksha' Campaign By Southern Naval Command
As part of Swachhta hi Sewa initiative of the Govt of India, a ‘Plastic Se Raksha - Swachhta Hi Suraksha’ plogging campaign was organised by all units of the Southern Naval Command (SNC), Kochi on 07 December 2019. The plogging campaign was led by Vice Admiral Anil Kumar Chawla AVSM, NM, VSM, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command and Mrs Sapana Chawla.
Activities conducted as part of the campaign included taking a pledge to avoid use of single use plastic items, a plogging run, coastal clean up and mass shramdaan. In Kochi, a massive clean up drive was conducted along the banks of the the Venduruthy channel, as well as in areas adjacent to the Naval Base, Kochi; including the Venduruthy-Vikrant Bridge and the main road running from the bridge to Vathuruthy village. The 'garbage water scooper' made indigenously by the Naval Ship Repair Yard was also used to clear the main channel of floating plastic and other waste. Colour coded dustbins were installed next to Navy Children School, Kochi to sensitise children about proper segregation of waste.
SNC is observing ‘Swachhta Pakhwada’ for preservation of environment from 01-15 December 2019. As an effort to create greater awareness among the naval community against single use plastic, all serving personnel of the SNC along with their families and children at Kochi, as also in outstarion units at Chilka, Odisha, Mumbai and Lonavla also enthusiastically participated in this campaign, which also taught the noble principle of dignity of labour to everyone.